There are a lot of ways to get fit. Some, like running and circuit training, are better for cricket than others.
Is Pilates a method that fits the needs of cricketers?
Pilates is a training method developed in the early 20th century that has grown in popularity recently. It's primarily interested in developing core strength and flexibility: Both important requirements for cricketers.
However as with all sports: The more specific the training the better the crossover to the cricket pitch.
But the movements in a typical Pilates class are far removed from what happens out in the middle.
For this reason, Pilates seems better suited to an active rest period of training (like after a long season) where specifics are not required. It also works well as a method of rehabilitation after injury.
This is where Pilates fails a little for cricket. It's good for general work but not specific enough to make a difference in your long term cricket performance.
Core stability, strength and mobility can all be developed in far more cricket-like ways.© Copyright miSport Holdings Ltd 2008